Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in ALL
Major/Minor ALL
Course Type
Offer in 2021 - 2022 Y N
Course Code CHEM4144
Date2021/09/18 06:26
Enquiry for Course Details
CHEM4144 Advanced materials (6 credits) Academic Year 2021
Offering Department Chemistry Quota 30
Course Co-ordinator Dr E C M Tse, Chemistry < ecmtse@hku.hk >
Teachers Involved (Dr E C M Tse,Chemistry)
(Dr K Okuro,Chemistry)
Course Objectives This course is a continuation from Introdution to Materials Chemistry. It provides a more compreheisive overview on materials chemistry and application of materials in advanced technology. The most recent development in materials chemistry will also be discussed.
Course Contents & Topics Advanced polymerization methods: copolymerization and applications of copolymers, coordination polymerization, control of stereochemistry in polymers; ionic and radical living polymerization. Materials for specialty applications: high strength materials; high temperature polymers, polyelectrolytes, conducting polymers, optical information storage, sensors, photonics, electronics, nanotechnology. Advanced materials characterization techniques.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

CLO 1 describe the mechanisms and kinetics of copolymerizations, coordination polymerizations, and living polymerizations
CLO 2 identify examples of some engineering polymers for high temperature/high strength applications, and how are their properties affected by the molecular structures
CLO 3 demonstrate knowledge in advanced materials characterization techniques
CLO 4 understand the working principles of materials for information storage and opto-electronic applications
Pre-requisites
(and Co-requisites and
Impermissible combinations)
Pass in CHEM3143
Course Status with Related Major/Minor /Professional Core 2021 Major in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2021 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2021 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2020 Major in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2020 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2020 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2019 Major in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2019 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2019 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2018 Major in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2018 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2018 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Major in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2017 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
Course to PLO Mapping 2021 Major in Chemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2021 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2020 Major in Chemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2020 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2019 Major in Chemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2019 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2018 Major in Chemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2018 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2017 Major in Chemistry < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2017 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
Offer in 2021 - 2022 Y        2nd sem    Examination May     
Offer in 2022 - 2023 Y
Course Grade A+ to F
Grade Descriptors
A Demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles, and theories relating to frontier approach in polymer synthesis, properties, application, and characterization of materials for advanced technology. Show strong ability to apply and integrate knowledge and theory relating to the synthesis and applications of advanced materials. Show strong ability to analyze novel problems and critical use of data and experimental results to draw appropriate and insightful conclusions relating to advanced materials synthesis and their properties.
B Demonstrate substantial command of knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles, and theories relating to frontier approach in polymer synthesis, properties, application, and characterization of materials for advanced technology. Show evidence to apply and integrate knowledge and theory relating to the synthesis and applications of advanced materials. Show evidence to analyze novel problems and correct use of data and experimental results to draw appropriate conclusions relating to advanced materials synthesis and their properties.
C Demonstrate general but incomplete command of knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles, and theories relating to frontier approach in polymer synthesis, properties, application, and characterization of materials for advanced technology. Show evidence of some abilities to apply and integrate knowledge and theory relating to the synthesis and applications of advanced materials. Show ability to analyze problems to most familiar situations and mostly correct but erroneous use of data and experimental results to draw appropriate conclusions relating to advanced materials synthesis and their properties.
D Demonstrate partial but limited command of knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles, and theories relating to frontier approach in polymer synthesis, properties, application, and characterization of materials for advanced technology. Show evidence of limited abilities to apply and integrate knowledge and theory relating to the synthesis and applications of advanced materials. Show limited ability to analyze problems to most familiar situations and mostly correct but erroneous use of data and experimental results to draw appropriate conclusions relating to advanced materials synthesis and their properties.
Fail Demonstrate little or no evidence of command of knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles, and theories relating to frontier approach in polymer synthesis, properties, application, and characterization of materials for advanced technology. Show little or no evidence of abilities to apply and integrate knowledge and theory relating to the synthesis and applications of advanced materials. Show little or no ability to analyze problems to most familiar situations and erroneous use of data and experimental results to draw appropriate conclusions relating to advanced materials synthesis and their properties.
Course Type Lecture-based course
Course Teaching
& Learning Activities
Activities Details No. of Hours
Lectures 36
Tutorials or discussion 12
Reading / Self study 100
Assessment Methods
and Weighting
Methods Details Weighting in final
course grade (%)
Assessment Methods
to CLO Mapping
Assignments 30 CLO 1,2,3,4
Examination 50 CLO 1,2,3,4
Test 20 CLO 1,2,3,4
Required/recommended reading
and online materials
Specialist references will be given throughout the course.
Course Website NIL
Additional Course Information NIL
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